Category Social Issues

More than 1,600 Women Murdered by Men in One Year, New Study Finds

More than 1,600 Women Murdered by Men in One Year, New Study Finds Source: Violence Policy Center More than 1,600 women were murdered by men in 2013 and the most common weapon used was a gun, according to the new Violence Policy Center (VPC) study When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2013 Homicide Data. […]

Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2014

Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2014 Source: U.S. Census Bureau The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that in 2014, there was no statistically significant change from 2013 in either real median household income or the official poverty rate. At the same time, the percentage of people without health insurance coverage […]

How the geography of U.S. poverty has shifted since 1960

How the geography of U.S. poverty has shifted since 1960 Source: Pew Research Center Since President Lyndon B. Johnson launched the War on Poverty 50 years ago, the characteristics of the nation’s poor have changed: A larger share of poor Americans today are in their prime working years and fewer are elderly. In addition, those […]

Global AgeWatch Index

Global AgeWatch Index Source: HelpAge International From press release (Word): Today (Wednesday 9 September 2015), HelpAge International is launching the Global AgeWatch Index 2015, ranking 96 countries according to the social and economic well-being of older people. The Index represents 91 per cent of people aged 60 and over, some 901 million people, measuring the […]

Where Police Don’t Mirror Communities and Why It Matters

Where Police Don’t Mirror Communities and Why It Matters Source: Governing A Governing analysis of recently published 2013 personnel data reported to the Bureau of Justice Statistics finds minority groups remain underrepresented, to varying degrees, in nearly all local law enforcement agencies serving at least 100,000 residents. Racial and ethnic minorities are underrepresented by a […]

Monitoring the Future national survey results on drug use, 1975-2014: Volume II, college students and adults ages 19-55

Monitoring the Future national survey results on drug use, 1975-2014: Volume II, college students and adults ages 19-55 (PDF) Source: Monitoring the Future (University of Michigan) From press release (PDF): Daily marijuana use among the nation’s college students is on the rise, surpassing daily cigarette smoking for the first time in 2014. A series of […]

Federal Low Income Programs: Multiple Programs Target Diverse Populations and Needs

Federal Low Income Programs: Multiple Programs Target Diverse Populations and Needs Source: Government Accountability Office More than 80 federal programs (including 6 tax expenditures) provide aid to people with low incomes, based on GAO’s survey of relevant federal agencies. Medicaid (the largest by far), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and […]